Ladies impress on league debut

LUTHERMUIR Women travelled to Dundee last Sunday for their first ever fixture in the Scottish Women’s Football League – Second Division (East).

The first chance fell to Dundee when good movement through the middle created an opportunity for their striker but Aiken saved. On 10 minutes the Muir had a chance when good work down the left resulted in a corner. Bruce whipped the ball in and Lownie had her shot saved.

On 18 minutes the visitors got the goal they deserved when a free kick was whipped over and the Dundee defence failed to clear. The ball hit the post and LOWNIE slotted home.

The Muir upped the tempo and within a few minutes had another chance when Shaw and Bruce combined well for Shaw to cross to the onrushing Barker but her header was wide.

On 38 minutes a great save by Aiken managed to keep the visitors in front, and from the resultant corner, they quickly broke upfield. The ball was played up to Lownie who skipped past two players and crossed for MURISON to stretch at the back post and double the lead.

Half-time: Dundee 0, Luthermuir 2.

On 55 minutes Lownie was through on goal but her effort was saved by the ‘keeper.

Dundee were starting to dominate play with Aiken saving well from the striker.

Ten minutes later Dundee played the ball in behind the Muir back line. Middleton and Steel both went to clear the ball in the box with the striker and the referee whistled for a penalty. Aiken was unlucky getting only a touch, and the ball nestled in a corner of the goal.

The home side’s tails were up and they continued to press for the equaliser.

A ball played through the middle of the Muir defence was slotted home by the striker.

On 74 minutes a free kick against Middleton was powered over the wall and into the net to give the advantage to the home side.

The Muir created a chance ten minutes later when Lownie was released clear of the back line, but the last defender was all over her and she couldn’t get her shot away.

The game ended with Luthermuir pushing forward for the draw they deserved.

Luthermuir: Aiken, Bruce, Young, Middleton, Steel, Shaw, Barker, Forrester (Forbes), Brown (Stewart), Murison and Lownie. Sub: Tait.

Player of the Match: Hannah Steel.

Match ball sponsor: Glenesk Travel, Edzell.